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DC FanDome: WONDER WOMAN 1984

The DC FanDome event kicked off the morning of Saturday, August 22nd, with a panel for the highly-anticipated Wonder Woman 1984. Director Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal were on hand via remote connections, touting the upcoming sequel to the 2017 film.

Early in the discussion, Jenkins reinforced the plan for the film to hit theaters, saying it looks “so great” on the big screen. She noted the anticipation was high, not only among fans, but also among the cast and crew, as this movie has been delayed quite a few times.

During the fan Q&A, the question was raised about the costumes. Speaking about the first film, Jenkins talked about the need to maintain both Diana’s grace and still stay inside the look of 1917-1918. That challenge carried over to the sequel, with the need to get the details right about the 80s. “Lindy Hemming is kind of a genius, really,” said Pascal. He was initially worried about the power suits, but he says Hemming was able to make him “feel like a million dollars and serve the purpose” of the character of Maxwell Lord.

A surprise question from tennis star Venus Williams: who would win in a tennis match between Wonder Woman and Cheetah, and could they overcome their differences to play doubles. Wiig, of course, says Cheetah would win because Wonder Woman’s racket would be gold and fabulous and very heavy. Gadot riposted that Wiig’s answer was very subjective.

Asked about being the “fish out of water” this time, Pine said it was a good reminder to be “open to everything” with regard to his performance.

Favorite moments: for Wiig, it was the moment her wig got caught in Gadot’s gauntlet during a fight. Pine offered up his reaction to the shoot on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, saying it appealed to his inner eight-year-old.

A special appearance by Lynda Carter gave everyone a chance to compliment each other, and Carter said she is “beyond excited” for the sequel. “I have been a fan from day one, of Patty’s, from the first day she was attached.” She shared that once her daughter saw Gadot as Wonder Woman and experienced the worldwide admiration for the actress and character, she told Carter, “I finally get it.”

Jenkins told Carter that they were talking about her on set almost every day, saying, “We’re not here to reinvent Wonder Woman. We’re here to move the torch forward.” Notable in this conversation was the absence of any confirmation as to whether Carter is in the film or not.

 

The panel ended with the release of the new trailer:

We’ll have a full wrap-up and discussion of the situation at DC Comics and WarnerMedia on the August 24th episode of The H2O Podcast on SciFi4Me TV.

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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